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Firefighters contain fire burning near homes in Aurora

The fire was first reported just before 8 p.m. near the 3800-block of South Himalaya Way.

AURORA, Colo. — Firefighters made quick work of containing a brush fire that threatened homes in Arapahoe County just west of E-470 Monday evening, South Metro Fire Rescue said.

The fire started near the 3800-block of South Himalaya Way, which is near the intersection of South Himalaya Street and East Quincy Avenue. It was first reported just before 8 p.m. A large plume of smoke was visible across the area.

Witnesses saw aerial fireworks over Spring Creek Park just before the fire started, firefighters said. They said fireworks were continuing to go off in the area as they fought the brush fire.

Firefighters said homes were threatened by the fast-moving fire. Gusty outflow winds made fighting the fire especially challenging, they said.

Aurora police issued a pre-evacuation notice for the area of East Hampden Avenue and South Himalaya Way due to the fire. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said one block of homes was evacuated.

The department said at 8:23 p.m. that firefighters were "making great progress," and it appeared no structures had been damaged. They said at 8:48 p.m. that the fire was 100% contained. 

The sheriff's office said the fire burned "a large part" of Spring Creek Park. No injuries were reported.

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